The orangutan Meryl was thin and without hope in her eyes when she was rescued in January. During the last six months Meryl has regained her spirit and put on some weight.
This is how Meryl was found back in January. Weak and underweight. She had been kept as a pet by villagers. For six months this basket had been her home.
Nyaru Menteng’s animal doctor was very moved by the encounter with the traumatized orangutan. She estimated that Meryl was 8 months old, but that the little kid had been taken from her mother when she was only two months old. This is extremely damaging to a young orangutan that has the same need of care and close contact as a human child.
At Nyaru Menteng Meryl got lots of love and care, which was just was she needed, and she quickly gained some weight.
It did not take long before Meryl found a friend. Otan is also new at the Centre and the two youngsters could enjoy each other's company while they were still in quarantine before they can join the others orangutans at the center.
Both Otan and Meryl were healthy and could start Nyaru Menteng’s forest school kindergarten for orangutans. As they get bigger, they start the so-called forest school programme and learn all those skills which their mother otherwise would have taught them in the wild. Thanks to Save the Orangutan’s supporters will Meryl and her friends one day be able to return to the wild. You can adopt Meryl and help her on her way back to the wild.
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